Portly Cooks | Nashville Style Hot Chicken

Nashville hot chicken is a new one to me but oh my god its good! Serves 2 2 Chicken Thighs 2 Chicken Drumsticks 100g Flour plus extra for dusting Milk – enough to make a loose pancake like batter Hot Sauce Oil for frying plus a little more for the seasoning 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper…

Portly Cooks | Balik Ekmek

Balik Ekmek, fish bread is a fantastic street food from the foodie metropolis that is Istanbul in Turkey. Its typically made with mackerel so that’s what I’ve used here. Fresh Mackerel Fillets Sub Roll Salad of your choice Mayonnaise Start off by toasting the buns and then leave those to one side. in a heavy…

Portly Cooks | Roast Chicken Thighs, Mixed Beans and Tenderstem

This one came out of rummaging around in the cupboards for something different to do with chicken… which can feel like trying to reinvent the wheel sometimes, so here it is, my new well… for this week at least. 3 Chicken Thighs 400g Can of Bean Salad (in water) 1 Chicken Oxo Half tsp Garlic…

Portly Cooks | Roast Carrots and Black Pudding

I’m always looking for something to do with those little baby carrots and also more things to do with black pudding than just shoving it on my Sunday breakfast, this one ticks those boxes. ½ Pack Baby Carrots 3 Slices Black Pudding ½ Red Onion Heat the oven to 200c. Put the carrots into a…

Portly Cooks | Grilled Octopus

Octopus, is one of my absolute favourites.  This dish does need some prior planning so it’s maybe best to cook at the weekend when you have a little more time. 1 cleaned Octopus 2 tbsp Olive Oil 1 tbsp Vinegar (White Wine works best) 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Mixed Herbs Give your octopus…

Portly Cooks | Sea Bass and Potted Crayfish Butter

Sea Bass is super versatile and goes well with a variety of flavours and seeing as it is that time of year again I thought I should post something at least a little bit healthy. 1 Sea Bass fillet 2 Leaves Cabbage Knob Butter 100g Crayfish Nutmeg Lightly oil a pan and then while still…

Portly Eats | Paradise by way of Kensal Green | London, UK

I headed to London the other weekend for a very important birthday party. The venue ‘Paradise by way of Kensal Green’ I’m terrible in London and get lost virtually all the time, it all looks the same! Anyway, I managed to find Kensal Green on the Tube map and headed underground. After a change at…

Portly Cooks | Crispy Chicken and Potato Salad

I had some leftover potatoes to use up and a chicken thigh in the fridge. Leftovers can be pretty. 1 Chicken Thigh (De-boned) Leftover boiled potatoes 2 tbsp Mayo 1 Spring Onion Cut the chicken thigh in half and pat the skin dry. In a hot dry pan cook the chicken skin side down until…

Portly Cooks | Langoustine

Try these Langoustine as a starter, light lunch or chuck them on the BBQ! 4 Langoustine Handful of Salad Lemon Wedge This cannot be simpler, heat a griddle pan or your BBQ. Cut the shellfish in half lengthwise. Insert the point of the knife into the head of the langoustine and cut down through the…

Portly Cooks | Pork Pies

Pork Pies the snack of choice smothered in brown sauce. I’ve found that they’re surprisingly easy to make! 220g Lard 200ml Water 500g Plain Flour 2 Sausages Egg for basting Heat your oven to 180c and then melt the water and lard together. While the lard melts put the flour in a bowl and de-skin…